Phillis Wheatley Black History Costume

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Includes: A Long Floral Print Zipper Back Dress with a White Colonial Shawl and Mob Cap.

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Not all of America’s patriots were Founding Fathers or Founding Mothers, rebels who published pamphlets, or soldiers fighting for the Continental Army. Some showed their strength and resilience through other means, such as expressing their voice even when oppressed—like Phillis Wheatley.

Born in West Africa, Phillis Wheatley arrived in the Thirteen Colonies to a life of immense hardship. Wheatley was sold to a local African chief during the first years of her life, who then sold her to a visiting trader. That trader brought Wheatley to Boston. There, Wheatley was sold to John Wheatley, given the new name Phillis, and enslaved to serve his wife, Susanna. While her life as a slave came with great difficulties, the Wheatleys’ daughter taught Phillis to read and write—and her masters didn’t try to stop her education. Rather, John and Susanna Wheatley encouraged Phillis, removing her from her duties of household labor and instead helping to foster her ability to create beautiful poetry.

In fact, it was Susanna Wheatley that first encouraged Phillis Wheatley to publish a book of poetry. In 1773, she sent Phillis to London to secure a patron. Selina Hastings, the Countess of Huntingdon, became the patron who paid for Phillis Wheatley’s poetry collection to be published in the summer of that same year. Her poetry immediately became popular with the brightest minds of the time, and Phillis began corresponding with John Thornton, John Newton, and George Washington. Thomas Paine republished some of her poems in American newspapers, and her popularity grew. By the fall of 1773, the Wheatley family freed Phillis, allowing her to begin earning a living from her writing.

Phillis Wheatley continued publishing poems, though she struggled financially. She is today considered incredibly fundamental, as the first African American woman to both publish a book and make a living from her writing. Great thinkers such as Voltaire and military leaders such as John Paul Jones all revered and honored her work, and Phillis Wheatley is still widely celebrated.

An exclusive piece in our Heritage Costumes Patriotic collection of quality costume clothing, this children’s Phillis Wheatley costume is authentic to the 1700s and the attire worn by the very first female African American poet herself. You’ll look just like the famed writer who inspired other African Americans for years to come when you don this historically accurate costume set. To capture Wheatley’s attire accurately, this costume includes a long, floral print dress with a zipper back, a shawl, and a colonial mob cap.

If you’d like to enhance your Phillis Wheatley attire with our Heritage Costume accessories (which are not included with the purchase of this costume), you can pair this costume outfit with these options from our wide selection of added details to create your very own personalized costume.

This high-quality Phillis Wheatley costume can be used for historical school events, play, or simply a fun day of pretending to be the first published female African American poet in the 18th century. Made with pride and care right in the United States, this kids’ Phillis Wheatley patriotic costume is built to last.

Kids Phillis Wheatley Costume
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Black History Month, or National African American History Month, is an annual celebration of achievements by black Americans and a time for recognizing the central role of African Americans in U.S. history. Capture this moment in time with our line of Heritage Costumes.

*Note: color shades/fabric patterns may vary on floral prints.

Fabric Content:
Self: 65% Polyester 35% Cotton
Accessories: 65% Polyester 35% Cotton

Cleaning Instructions:
* Most items made from polyester/cotton blend treat as polyester.
* Most items are made from polyester can be machine washed and dried.
* Use warm water and add a fabric softener to the final rinse cycle.
* Machine dry at low temperature setting and remove articles as soon as the tumbling cycle is complete.
* If ironing is needed, use a moderately warm iron.
* Most items made from polyester can be dry-cleaned.

To remove stains:
* Soak and then wash with soap and warm water using a mild liquid detergent.
* Remove tough stains by spraying with a mild stain remover. It will have a better chance of removing stains other than food and dirt.
* Tumble dry on low heat.

*Note: color shades/fabric patterns may vary on floral prints.

Children’s clothing for both Boy's And Girls is the same size. The size is based on either the child’s weight and length in pounds and inches or on specific measurements (chest, waist, and hip).

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